Alpinestars (band)

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Alpinestars
Origin Manchester, United Kingdom
Genres Electronic rock
Years active 1999–2003
Labels Faith and Hope
Guidance Recordings
Riverman Records
Astralwerks
Members Richard Woolgar
Glyn Thomas

Alpinestars was an electronic rock duo formed in 1999 in Manchester by Richard Woolgar and Glyn Thomas.

History[edit]

The Beginnings (1995–1999)[edit]

Richard Woolgar and Glyn Thomas met each other in 1995, as a result of being in separate bands that shared the same rehearsal space. They found they had more in common with each other than with their respective bands, so they broke away to form their own ephemeral electro group, which they named "Maxim."[1]

Although Maxim never produced anything, it brought Woolgar and Thomas to the attention of the promoter of a local Manchester club. They were invited to create an hour-long set to perform live within a week. They took the name "Alpinestars" after a mountain bike Thomas owned and proceeded to meet the challenge. The performance was a success and Alpinestars signed with Faith and Hope Records.[2]

The EPs (1999–2000)[edit]

The band debuted in August 1999 with a limited edition EP titled "Las Vegas." Its third track, "Interlaken," became the most requested track on Steve Lamacq's "Radio 1" evening show.[1] The band followed up with two more EPs, "Silicon Chick" in November 1999,[3] and "Kitzbuhel Weekend" in March 2000. A single off this latter EP became a "Single of the Week" in NME magazine.[1]

B.A.S.I.C. and White Noise (2000–2003)[edit]

In July 2000, Alpinestars released their first commercial single "77 Sunset Strip," which they followed up with their first full-length album B.A.S.I.C. (standing for "Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code"). B.A.S.I.C. was released in September 2000 by Faith and Hope,[3] and later rereleased in 2003 by Guidance Recordings.[4] It was praised by numerous magazines,[1] despite being hard to find.[5]

Alpinestars left Faith and Hope in 2001[1] and released their second major album, White Noise, a year later, with Riverman Records and Astralwerks (for the US release). Both Woolgar and Thomas contributed vocals for songs on White Noise, and Brian Molko, lead singer of Placebo, lent Alpinestars his voice for "Carbon Kid." According to Woolgar, "We wanted to get away from the sampler duo mentality."

In a 2002 interview with PlayLouder, the pair was asked to talk about the direction they wanted to go with White Noise. On being unsigned, Thomas explained,

Alpinestars has not released anything significant since White Noise, although a third album entitled Time Spent With Machines was recorded with Dimitri Tikovoi and Rob Kirwan in 2005 in Flood's studio in Kensal Green, London. It has yet to be released by their label Riverman.[citation needed]

Since then Glyn Thomas has reputedly reinvented himself as Lucien Caine, producing music that is quite different from Alpinestars, and also produced early demos for acoustic musicians Stephen Fretwell and Liam Frost.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 2000 "77 Sunset Strip" UK #139
  • 2001 "Interlaken" UK #119
  • 2002 "Snow Patrol" UK #99
  • 2002 "Carbon Kid" (feat. Brian Molko) UK #63 [6]
  • 2003 "Burning Up" UK #84

Game appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Faith & Hope Records: Alpinestars". Archived from the original on 8 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-06. 
  2. ^ "Alpinestars". Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  3. ^ a b "PlayLouder - Alpinestars". Retrieved 2007-06-06. 
  4. ^ "Guidance Recordings- Alpinestars B.A.S.I.C.". Retrieved 2007-06-06. 
  5. ^ a b "'Snow Kidding". PlayLouder. 6 March 2002. Retrieved 2007-06-06. 
  6. ^ Roberts, David. Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Ltd 17th edition (2004), p. 21 ISBN 0-85112-199-3